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Arnold: Scottish, Cornish, English, Irish Dances / London PO


Release Date: 10/10/2006 
Label:  Lyrita   Catalog #: 201   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Malcolm Arnold
Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Arnold
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Lyrita is back, thank God, courtesy of Nimbus, and this now-legendary recording of Malcolm Arnold conducting his own delightful English, Scottish, Irish, and Cornish Dances (plus the Sarabande and Polka from the ballet Solitaire) never has been surpassed. True, the playing isn't quite perfect. There are a couple of brass flubs here and there, but you have to strain to hear them and probably won't notice. More to the point, the sheer gusto of the interpretations (witness English Dance No. 4) and the impact of the superb engineering remain in a class of their own. Colorful, tuneful, and a delight from first note to last, this disc is a treasure whose appeal hasn't dimmed a bit since the day it was released.
Read more No self-respecting collector of English music can afford to be without it. [9/19/2006]

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Cornish Dances (4), Op. 91 by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Arnold
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1968; England 
2.
English Dances (4), Op. 27 by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Arnold
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; England 
3.
English Dances (4), Op. 33 by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Arnold
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; England 
4.
Irish Dances (4), Op. 126 by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Arnold
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1986; England 
5.
Scottish Dances (4), Op. 59 by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Arnold
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; England 
6.
Solitaire: Sarabande by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Arnold
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; England 
7.
Solitaire: Polka by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Arnold
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; England 

Featured Sound Samples

English Dances, Set 1: I. Andantino
English Dances, Set 2: II. Con brio
Cornish Dances: I. Vivace

Customer Reviews

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 A different rendition of British folk music March 2, 2014 By Archibald S. (Boulder, CO) See All My Reviews "Rather than work each dance tune into an extended symphonic work, Malcolm Arnold composes short tone poems that convey the mood and culture of each dance. In the space of a few minutes he can range from the sublime to the rackety. Overall, the numbers have a nice coherency, resulting in a very enjoyable disk with good sound." Report Abuse
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